In the last couple of weeks – Marcos and Naomi have learned to handcraft their own rings from start to finish with jewelry artist Caroline Glemann. They began by recycling silver by melting it down using a charcoal block and an acetylene torch and pouring it into an ingot. Then they rolled it out in a rolling mill to make their own wire. Next they formed their wire into round rings and soldered them shut. They finished their rings by putting a high polished finish with the polishing wheel. They were surprised to learn how many steps are involved to make a “simple” ring.
We field tripped to the Diamond District by Rockefeller Center and visited a lapidary – or stone cutter. They were shown how rough stones get cut down to faceted, polished gems. They also picked out gems for one of the classes taught at Caroline’s jewelry studio.